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Durand Johnson to play in Switzerland

A European landing spot for St. John’s leading scorer.

St John's v Providence Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Durand Johnson, who played for St. John's for a season as a graduate transfer after a career at Pittsburgh, was officially announced as signed to Swiss team Union Neuchâtel.

Durand Johnson, now 24, averaged 12 points, four rebounds, and almost two assists per game for the Red Storm, fielding an almost-entirely new team after the previous senior class graduated and some transfers before and after the coaching change.

Under NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, the Pittsburgh transfer Johnson saw more consistent time as a player given free rein to try and generate scoring for a team lacking in creative scoring options. Johnson shot around 33% from outside the arc and 40% inside the arc, maintaining a low turnover rate in comparison to the percentage of shots he took. He also added some steals to help the defensive effort. He scored a career-high 20 points against Marquette in January.

For a deeper evaluation of Johnson's sole season with the Red Storm, read our Player Review analysis with his team ranks and overall statistics.

Durand Johnson dunk
by Wendell Cruz

The Neuchâtel club finished in first place in the Swiss LNA at 21-6, led by Senegalese forward Babacar Toure. But Toure left the team this offseason. And in response, the team has brought in Durand Johnson and Cal State-Northridge forward Tre Hale-Edmerson, a 6'9" forward, to complement US-born Tony Brown, a 37-year old guard who played at Arkansas State. Can young Johnson and Hale-Edmerson fill the rebounding and scoring hole? They’ll have a chance to try.

The Swiss city Neuchâtel ["new castle"] has a recorded history goes back to the 11th Century. Currently, the city of 33,000 is known for watches and micro technology.